My dissertation will be on how you can portray a dystopian atmosphere in a film. To do this I need to do research in a wide range of media. From;
- Cinematography Books
- Directing Books
- Art Works
The easiest thing to do is just to analyse a piece of film and describe what is going on ie the scenery , how the camera moves etc… however I want to go deeper than that. A true understanding of the dystopian movement in the media that I am researching. I have a vast amount of work that I want to cover with my research but these are the most influential to my studies;
1984 – After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. They try to escape Big Brother’s listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape…
Brave New World
Brave New World – Brave New World is set primarily in London of 2540 AD, though a portion of the novel transpires in the New Mexico Savage Reservation. The world is now governed as one state. This futuristic setting is home to a very technologically advanced society in which people are engineered to be born as members of one of five different castes. The technology utilized in this society plays a very significant role in the novel.
Anthem – is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, andsocialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.
Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to Earth seeking their maker.
Book of Eli
Book Of Eli – A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
These are a very select few of the research I will cover to help understand the society and atmosphere created within these dystopian worlds.
As I look into these Novels and other media I will update the blog with my findings and analyse what I have seen and give my own views.